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Easiest ferts- not cheapest ferts?

It is not that money is not an "object". Time is more of an object.
What is your easiest fert solution?


basically I am about to drop a pile of bread on seachem products unless you talk me out of it

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I realized that Seachem is not the easiest. That is soo time consuming. I have a calendar that i write the fert I added each day. And since they have like 6 different ferts it is so difficult to balance. That was one of the reason why I switched to EI which is easy. I made a solution of Micro and Macro and add 5ml on alternate days.


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That is choice #2......with 10 tanks (granted not all are planted) I need simple more than I need cheap.

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72 bow, mystery snails and angels
55 planted, yellow neon shrimp
55 shrimp tank, rcs
29 shrimp tank, blue- not sure what kind
40 long - winter koi home
40 breeder- planted
10- nursery
10- quarantine
5.5- cycling to be another shrimp tank...
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Mixing up a batch of dry ferts takes a little time but during the week adding a measured amount is pretty easy. For macros it simply involves measuring from one bottle.

Are you asking about that or are you asking about automating the whole process?
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It doesnt really make much difference, liquid is easier, buti prefer to mix my own. Takes a few extra minutes of set up once every month or 2, but its much faster.

Which ever way you go just get a dosing bottle, the kind where you squeeze it and fill a small resivor and then pour. THAT is where the time savings comes in


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That is choice #2......with 10 tanks (granted not all are planted) I need simple more than I need cheap.
You could come up with a common mix for all the tanks and add like 1ml to 10G, 2 ml to 20G, 5.5 to 55G etc.


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I can't automate the whole process. I can dose daily if needed. I spend time each morning and as soon as I get home from work each day.

I am hoping to find simple in; limited number of "adds". If I can do micro and macro and have all my needs covered I will do it.

currently I am using root tabs (flourish) in the newer tanks. and I dose excel. The co2 tank has been up and running for many years so I have not been doing tabs....basically this tank grows to beat heck with zero additional ferts...

dirted tank? do I need to fert?

I guess, as I talk to myself right now, I am realizing I need to get real about ferts and want the simplist coverage for the insanity of 10 tanks

Bump: and I am a faithful water changer 30-40% every tank, every week (not the new shrimp tank, that seems to be holding parameters quite well with topping off only)

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55 planted, yellow neon shrimp
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I have more than 10 planted tanks. One day a week I mix up a batch of macros. Two days a week I add a measured amount to each tank. Takes about 5 minutes. Two days a week I add a premixed micro solution. None of this takes much time at all. One day a week I change 30 to 50% of the water in all the tanks. That takes about 90 minutes. It is much more time consuming.
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BruceF! This sounds like what I need to do!

can you refer me to a seller or is that a forbidden question?

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72 bow, mystery snails and angels
55 planted, yellow neon shrimp
55 shrimp tank, rcs
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40 breeder- planted
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5.5- cycling to be another shrimp tank...
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Aquariumfertilizer.com or Greenleaf aquariums.com is where I buy from.
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Do you know what you need in the first place? I mean are you familiar with the chemicals themselves?
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Sort of- at one time I bought a bunch of dry chemical. CSM, postasium, nitrogen, phosphorus...I never really learned how much to dose or which product to dose....so I used the stuff "willy-nilly" for a bit and then pitched it all....

now I am much more mature (54) and am ready to learn!

I greatly appreciate the advice/education!!!! I would be happy be told exactly what to do as I have been married for nearly 30 years.
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72 bow, mystery snails and angels
55 planted, yellow neon shrimp
55 shrimp tank, rcs
29 shrimp tank, blue- not sure what kind
40 long - winter koi home
40 breeder- planted
10- nursery
10- quarantine
5.5- cycling to be another shrimp tank...
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There is a fert seller in the forum. Look him up. @nilocg . He can help you decide on what to purchase and the mixing quantity and effects.


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Easiest is always going to be liquid ferts. If you are really looking for convenience then 1 or 2 bottle setup is going to be best. Some of the other options have 4-5+ bottles which again will take more time, might as well go with dry ferts if you are going to have to manage that many bottles.

If you decide to go with dry ferts I can help with mixing instructions. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Saw this thread earlier and just saw Nilocg has a post in the for sale section so came here to post. Looks like I got beat to it! Anyway, as soon as I saw you were looking for easy I thought of the liquid pump bottles being listed her occasionally, but couldn't remember who had them.
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